Project: Technical Assessment of Vehicles Using Advanced Road Fuels

Reference: S110F/VE

Last update: 11/09/2003 10:31:01


The specific aim of this project is to provide the Department with a technical report that will allow suitable standards to be prescribed for vehicles using advanced road fuels.


The use of advanced road fuels is expected to increase as the drive to lessen the impact of motor vehicles on the environment continues. With these changes, the Department is finding it increasingly difficult to keep pace with the sophistication and design of vehicles using advanced road fuels to ensure safe use.

The project will identify and evaluate the advanced fuels that are likely to be introduced within the next ten years. It will then explore the construction standards for vehicles using such fuels and will propose a system to ensure that suitable standards are applied to the construction of these vehicles.


Frazer Nash Consultancy Ltd.
Stonebridge House, Dorking Business Park, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1HJ
Tel: +44 (0)1306 885050

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £34,000.00

Actual start date: 28 June 2000

Actual completion date: 21 May 2001


FNC 5413/21333R: A Technical Assessment of Vehicles Using Advanced Road Fuels - Final Report
Author: Frazer Nash Consultancy Limited.
Publication date: 01/06/2001
Source: Contact

Summary of results

  1. The project revealed that the following fuels and derivatives of fuels have been or are being researched and may be proposed as the fuel for road going vehicles over the next 10 years:

    * methanol;
    * hydrogen produced from reformed methanol;
    * M85 - a mixture of 85% methanol and 15% petroleum;
    * ethanol;
    * E85 - a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% petroleum;
    * compressed hydrogen gas;
    * liquid hydrogen;
    * biodiesel (made from rapeseed oil, palm, oil, sunflower oil, or soybean oil);
    * dimethyl-ether (DME); and
    * petroleum additives including: methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE); and ethyl tertiary-butyl ether (ETBE).